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NBA AT THE BREAK... The Best and Worst Team Trends

By Marc Lawrence

Some say the NBA is simply an acronym for Nothing But Aggravation. Others contend it's merely a Nice Bankroll Additive. Whatever your take, there is no better time than the present - with the NBA taking a time out for the All-Star break - to examine the condition of each team in the league at this stage of the season. From the surprise teams to the disappointments, the run to the 2011 playoffs is about to take off.

For openers, what we've seen thus far is that some teams have excelled against foes that do not own a winning record, such as the 76ers (18-12 ATS) and the Spurs (17-12-1 ATS), while others have struggled in games against lousy competition, such as the Thunder (4-14 ATS) and the Nets (8-20-1 ATS).

On the flip side, a handful of teams have risen to the occasion when squaring off against quality, winning opposition - teams like the Bulls (15-6 ATS), the Mavericks (18-8-1 ATS), the Grizzlies (18-8-1 ATS), the 76ers (17-9 ATS and the Spurs (17-8-1 ATS). Meanwhile, the Magic (8-14-1 ATS and the Nuggets 9-15 ATS) are the biggest money burners in games against winning teams season to date.

FYI: teams that have responded exceptionally well in same season revenge affairs include the Grizzlies (12-4 ATS), the 76ers (12-4 ATS) and the Thunder (7-3 ATS), while the teams that have struggled in these same games include the Suns (6-16 ATS), the Suns (3-10 ATS) and the Raptors (6-14 ATS).

Here's a quick look at some of the GOOD, BAD, and UGLY team trends on every team and how they have fared SU (Straight Up) and ATS (Against The Spread) this season in games played through the All-Star break. In addition, I also break down performance records for each team in games versus .500 or less and greater than .500 opponents this campaign.

I've done my homework. Now, you do yours and enjoy the rest of the season...

ATLANTA

Good: 5-1 ATS dog off SU and ATS loss

Bad: 4-13 ATS off DD win

Ugly: 1-9 ATS home off BB wins

Vs. .500 or less: 28-9 SU, 18-19 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 6-12 SU, 7-11 ATS

 

BOSTON

Good: 4-0 ATS off BB SU and ATS wins

Bad: 6-14 ATS vs opp off SU and ATS win

Ugly: 1-10 ATS vs opp off BB wins

Vs. .500 or less: 25-7 SU, 13-18-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 15-7 SU, 12-9-1 ATS

 

CHARLOTTE

Good: 9-1 ATS vs opp off DD win

Bad: 3-7 ATS vs opp off BB SU and ATS wins

Ugly: 0-3 ATS with double-plus revenge

Vs. .500 or less: 17-16 SU, 17-16 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 7-16 SU, 12-10-1 ATS

 

CHICAGO

Good: 6-1 SU and ATS home vs same season revenge

Bad: 1-4-1 ATS off ATS win 15 more

Ugly: 1-6 ATS off BB wins vs opp off BB losses

Vs. .500 or less: 25-8 SU, 17-15-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 13-8 SU, 15-6 ATS

 

CLEVELAND

Good: 4-0 ATS off DD loss vs opp off SU favorite loss

Bad: 5-14 ATS vs opp with no rest

Ugly: 1-7 SU and ATS fav

Vs. .500 or less: 7-21 SU, 10-17-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 3-25 SU, 11-14-3 ATS

 

DALLAS

Good: 8-0 SU and ATS off DD win vs opp off win

Bad: 1-5 ATS away off BB SU and ATS losses

Ugly: 1-6 ATS off loss vs opp off BB wins

Vs. .500 or less: 22-7 SU, 14-15 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 18-9 SU, 18-8-1 ATS

 

DENVER

Good: 5-1 ATS off BB SU and ATS losses

Bad: 3-7-1 ATS home off SU and ATS wins

Ugly: 1-6-1 ATS off SU favorite loss

Vs. .500 or less: 22-11 SU, 15-15-3 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 10-14 SU, 9-15 ATS

 

DETROIT

Good: 4-0 ATS home vs division

Bad: 2-6 ATS vs opp off SU favorite loss

Ugly: 0-5 ATS home off division

Vs. .500 or less: 15-13 SU, 16-12 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 6-23 SU, 14-14-1 ATS

 

GOLDEN STATE

Good: 10-2 ATS vs opp off loss more 7 points

Bad: 2-6 ATS off DD win

Ugly: 1-5 ATS odd DD win

Vs. .500 or less: 18-14 SU, 9-13 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 8-15 SU, 11-11-1 ATS

 

 

HOUSTON

ood: 5-0 ATS away vs opp off DD loss

Bad: 1-5 ATS vs con opp off SU dog win

Ugly: 1-7 ATS home vs opp off BB wins

Vs. .500 or less: 17-11 SU, 16-11-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-20 SU, 12-16-1 ATS

 

INDIANA

Good: 5-1-1 off BB SU and ATS losses

Bad: 1-5 ATS off BB SU and ATS wins

Ugly: 1-6 ATS with no rest off loss

Vs. .500 or less: 18-11 SU, 16-11-2 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 6-19 SU, 10-14-1 ATS

 

LA CLIPPERS

Good: 5-1 ATS away off DD win

Bad: 1-6 ATS dog vs opp off BB SU and ATS wins

Ugly: 0-3 ATS off 3-0 SU and ATS wins

Vs. .500 or less: 13-19 SU, 15-17 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 8-16 SU, 12-12 ATS

 

LA LAKERS

Good: 5-1 ATS vs opp off BB SU and ATS wins

Bad: 3-15 ATS vs opp off DD win

Ugly: 1-10 ATS home vs non division

Vs. .500 or less: 22-11 SU, 11-21-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 16-8 SU, 14-10 ATS

 

MEMPHIS

Good: 11-1 ATS vs opp with no rest

Bad: 1-5 ATS away off BB SU and ATS wins

Ugly: 0-5 ATS away off DD win

Vs. .500 or less: 19-11 SU, 17-13 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 12-15 SU, 18-8-1 ATS

 

MIAMI

Good: 4-0 SU and ATS away vs opp off loss more 10

Bad: 1-5 ATS off BB losses

Ugly: 1-8 ATS home off loss

Vs. .500 or less: 29-5 SU, 17-17 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 12-10 SU, 10-11-1 ATS

 

MILWAUKEE

Good: 6-1 ATS dog with no rest

Bad: 1-5 ATS non con fav off SU and ATS win

Ugly: 0-6 ATS home off DD win

Vs. .500 or less: 13-15 SU, 14-14 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 8-19 SU, 11-15-1 ATS

 

MINNESOTA

Good: 5-1 ATS DD con dog

Bad: 1-8 ATS vs opp off SU dog win

Ugly: 0-6 ATS away vs opp off BB SU and ATS wins

Vs. .500 or less: 11-17 SU, 14-14 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 2-26 SU, 11-17 ATS

 

NEW JERSEY

Good: 5-1 ATS dog more 10 points

Bad: 1-7-1 ATS vs division

Ugly: 0-6-1 ATS away vs opp off DD loss

Vs. .500 or less: 8-21 SU, 8-20-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-19 SU, 18-10 ATS

 

NEW ORLEANS

Good: 6-0 SU and ATS vs opp with 3+ days rest

Bad: 1-6 ATS con favorite vs opp off win

Ugly: 0-5 ATS favorite vs opp off BB SU and ATS losses

Vs. .500 or less: 18-11 SU, 13-15-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 15-14 SU, 14-13-2 ATS

 

NEW YORK

Good: 12-2 ATS dog off win

Bad: 1-6 ATS off SU favorite loss vs opp not off DD win

Ugly: 0-4-1 ATS off BB SU and ATS loss vs opp with rest

Vs. .500 or less: 18-12 SU, 19-11 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 10-14 SU, 14-9-1 ATS

 

OKLAHOMA CITY

Good: 5-0 ATS dog vs opp off DD win

Bad: 1-5 ATS fav vs opp off BB SU and ATS losses

Ugly: 0-6 ATS home off win vs greater .666 opp

Vs. .500 or less: 21-7 SU, 4-14 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 14-12 SU, 13-13 ATS

 

ORLANDO

Good: 5-1 ATS away vs less .333 opp

Bad: 1-5-1 ATS dog

Ugly: 0-5-1 ATS away vs opp off BB wins

Vs. .500 or less: 27-7 SU, 17-15-2 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 9-14 SU, 8-14-1 ATS

 

PHILADELPHIA

Good: 8-1 ATS off DD loss

Bad: 1-4 ATS fav vs opp off SU favorite loss

Ugly: 0-3 SU and ATS off 3 wins exact

Vs. .500 or less: 16-14 SU, 18-12 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 11-15 SU, 17-9 ATS

 

PHOENIX

Good: 5-0 ATS off division SU and ATS win

Bad: 2-7-2 ATS home vs opp with no rest

Ugly: 1-7-1 ATS away off BB losses

Vs. .500 or less: 16-13 SU, 12-17 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 11-14 SU, 9-13-3 ATS

 

PORTLAND

Good: 7-0 ATS road favorite off win

Bad: 1-4 ATS dog off division

Ugly: 0-4 ATS away off win vs opp off SU and ATS win

Vs. .500 or less: 24-10 SU, 18-14-2 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 21-8 SU, 15-12-2 ATS

 

SACRAMENTO

Good: 3-0 ATS with no rest vs opp with no rest

Bad: 2-8 ATS favorite

Ugly: 1-7 ATS off BB losses vs div opp

Vs. .500 or less: 7-17 SU, 9-15 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 6-23 SU, 13-16 ATS

 

SAN ANTONIO

Good: 10-1 ATS vs non division opp with no rest

Bad: 1-5 ATS off BB SU and ATS wins vs opp off BB losses

Ugly: 0-6 ATS favorite more 11 points

Vs. .500 or less: 28-2 SU, 17-12-1 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 18-8 SU, 17-8-1 ATS

 

TORONTO

Good: 5-1 ATS home off SU and ATS win

Bad: 1-4 ATS off division SU and ATS loss

Ugly: 0-8 SU and 1-7 ATS away with double-plus revenge

Vs. .500 or less: 10-17 SU, 10-15-2 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 5-24 SU, 14-15 ATS

 

UTAH

Good: 5-1 ATS off DD win vs non con opp

Bad: 1-6 ATS vs opp with no rest off win

Ugly: 1-7 ATS home vs opp off BB SU and ATS wins

Vs. .500 or less: 20-13 SU, 15-18 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 11-13 SU, 10-14 ATS

 

WASHINGTON

Good: 6-1 ATS DD dog off loss

Bad: 3-13 ATS vs opp off SU and ATS loss

Ugly: 1-14 ATS off win

Vs. .500 or less: 13-16 SU, 10-19 ATS

Vs. winning opp: 2-23 SU, 11-14 ATS

 

 

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